Ask Amy: Avoiding The Drama

Today I’m so excited to introduce my friend Amy to you guys! Amy got married just a few years ago, and she is my go to gal for great advice on all topics, but especially wedding planning. I am so excited she has agreed to answer your wedding related questions (and mine!) here on the blog. For her first post, I’ve asked Amy to share some general advice, hope you enjoy it!

If you have a wedding related question you’d like Amy to answer leave it in the comments below, or e-mail it to me using the e-mail button to the right!

Ask Amy

Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back on the wedding planning process I certainly see areas I could have improved upon. I think no matter how hard you try, someone at some point through the process will become offended, dislike a choice you make or create drama for you that you won’t want or need! So here are a few pointers to help you try to avoid the drama!!

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Color Combos I Love: Part Two {Black, White, and Bling}

This is the second of four color combos I love. Today I’m going for a classic, modern, and luxurious city wedding. I’m envisioning a color palette of black and white, with accents that sparkle!

When I think of classy city wedding venue, the Four Seasons New York – Pool Room instantly comes to mind. It’s a beautiful room for a wedding, and I love the pool in the center, especially when the ledge is filled with glowing candles.

Four Seasons Pool Room

I really like the use of rectangular tables, I think it can be quite striking. However, I’d switch out the black chairs pictured above with some black chivari chairs. In using rectangular tables, I think it’s important to use low centerpieces to keep conversation easy. I really like the use of candles and roses below.

Table Floral

Now that we’ve got the venue details hammered out, I think it’s important to ensure the invitation matches. An invitation is the guests first impression of your wedding, and I really believe it’s important to remain consistent. Below I’m highlighting two invitations I feel capture this wedding’s vibe. The first is Orchestra by Minted I really like the font on this invitation- it’s romantic and classy.

Orchestra Wedding Invitations

The second invitation I like, is Elegant Vows by Wedding Paper Divas I think this invitation is a bit more formal than the other option. Both would be an excellent invitation choice.

Elegant Vows Black

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Five on Friday 8.16.13

Today I’m linking up with Darci at The Good Life Blog to share my Five on Friday.

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG

 

{ ONE }
Earlier this summer I picked up these Tory Burch sandals at Nordstrom. I have been living in them ever since. I’ve been seriously considering grabbing them in another color before summer is over. I’m obsessed with the red ones, but black would be so much more practical!

Miller Thong Sandal

Miller Thong Sandal

{ TWO }
I’m excited for football season, and looking forward to watching the Bears play. I’m really hoping we can make it to a game this year. Every year I ask G about it, and every year it never happens. Maybe this will be the year (hint, hint!)

The Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears

{ THREE }
I love to read, but lately I’ve been so busy I really haven’t been good about making time to. I ordered two books this week I’m looking forward to getting in the mail.

Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style, and Sex  by Bethenny Frankel

Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style, and Sex by Bethenny Frankel

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

{ FOUR }
I am SO ready for a new phone. I have an iPhone 4 and lately I’ve really been noticing how slow it’s getting. I was excited to read rumors this week that the iPhone 5s is going to be announced on September 10th. I’m looking forward to checking it out once it hits stores. G is a huge Apple hater, so he’s trying to dissuade me from getting another iPhone- but it just really works well for me. I’m keeping a (kind of) open mind, and I’ll probably look at the other new phones out there—but I have a feeling I’ll be sticking with the iPhone.

{ FIVE }
I’m in denial that my 25th birthday is less than a week away! I’ve been dreading it all summer, not because I’m worried about getting older (although I have been feeling extra old lately) but more so because I equate my birthday with summer being over.

Excitement

I originally had something else planned for today– but I’m bursting at the seams with excitement because I’m 99.99% sure we found our reception venue last night!

I’m going to refrain from posting all the details until its a sure thing.. but I can share that it’s beautiful, local, and we’ve heard rave reviews about the food. G and I both fell in love with it last night and knew it was ‘the one’. We’re going to do dinner at their restaurant next week with my family. As long as everything goes well, we should be signing a contract by the end of the month!

Steph’s top 5 Songs of Summer 2013

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… WHERE has this summer gone? How is it already the middle of August?   Since I never want summer to end, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my top five favorite songs from this summer.  (I’ll probably be jamming to these in December, when it’s snowing and I’m still in denial that summer is over.) 

5. Cruise– Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly

This song was one I jammed to a lot in early summer. I’m not usually a big country fan, so you might consider this song an anomaly on my list—but it definitely got its share of playtime on the Top 40 stations here in Chiccagoland.  In July, I went to a concert with my Aunt & Uncle in Cleveland called Roverfest and Nelly was one of the headliners.  It was cool to hear him do his parts of this song, and it was definitely a hit with the crowd. 

4. Cups (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m gone”) – Anna Kendrick

I can remember where I was the first time I heard this song, in my friends new condo downtown.  We were hanging out checking out the killer view, and then this song came on.  It’s a catchy tune; I can’t help but sing along when it comes on. 

3. Safe and Sound– Capital Cities

Admittedly, I had never heard of Capital Cities before Safe and Sound, but I think it’s got a good beat.  I have absolutely ZERO musical ability or knowledge, so I’m not even going to pretend like I know what instrument is playing in the background (maybe it’s a trumpet?) but I really like it.

2. Blurred Lines– Robin Thicke Featuring T.I & Pharell

I love this song. I’m sure when I hear it in a few years it will remind me of this summer.  Now that I think about it, the first time I remember hearing the song was when we were in Cozumel.  I was flipping channels, while G was complaining about his sunburn and the music video was on.  In the three months or so since then I’m sure we’ve all heard the song a couple hundred times, seeing as it’s always on the radio. 

Drumroll please, it’s time for my #1 favorite song of summer…

  1. Get Lucky – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

I know I said I love Blurred Lines (and I do) but I love this song MORE.  It’s so chill. I could listen to it on repeat all day. My favorite time to listen to this song is when I’m driving at night, with the windows down, and my music turned way up. 

 

I’d love to know what your top 5 songs of this summer are; feel free to share in the comment section.

Color Combos I Love: Part One {Pink, Gold, & Coral}

I think picking a color combo might be one of the most important first decisions that need to be made when you begin wedding planning. The colors you select can play such a big role in the vibe of your big day. I thought it would be fun to share four of my favorite wedding color combos, culminating with the colors we’ve decided to use on our big day!

First up..

Pink, Coral, and Gold.

Pink-Gold-Coral

I love the romantic and feminine soft pinks and gold, and the bright punch of coral. The invitation is your guests first impression of your big day. First impressions matter, so I think it’s particularly important to make sure your invite matches your color scheme, and vibe for the big day. I found three options I loved by wedding paper divas.

The first is a modern invite called Deco Dreams, in coral. I especially like how the gold is incorporated into this invite. Although this invitation doesn’t have much in the soft pink department, I think it’s a great option if you’re planning a more modern event. You could plan to use coral and gold as your main colors, and tie in soft pink as an accent (or hey you could even ditch the soft pink all together!)

Deco Dreams: Coral by Wedding Paper Divas

Deco Dreams: Coral by Wedding Paper Divas

Next up, Tender Floral Frame in Taffy- this is a beautiful option if you’re going for a very romantic, soft vibe. With the light cream, and ballet pink background it’s also a very feminine choice. This would be perfect for a romantic garden wedding.

Tender Floral Frame in Taffy by Wedding Paper Divas

Tender Floral Frame in Taffy by Wedding Paper Divas

Probably my favorite invite, is the Lavish Damask. I like the formal styling and how it incorporates the gold and pink without being overly girly. I really like the look of this, and think it sets the tone for a beautiful and classy day.

Lavish Damask by Wedding Paper Divas

Lavish Damask by Wedding Paper Divas

Depending on the vibe you’re going for, you could go a few ways for your bridesmaids.

If you’re going the more modern route: I love how this bride incorporated the bright coral skirts with a white shirt. This skirt and shirt trend is one that I actually really like the look of. It’s a little bit untraditional but I think done right it can look really great.

Coral Skirts with White Shirts from Pinterest

Coral Skirts with White Shirts from Pinterest

If you’re looking for a romantic, soft day- I’d keep the bridesmaid dresses light and use a light pink/blush dress. I love the bridesmaid dresses this bride picked, the styling of the dress is soft and romantic and it’s flattering on each of the bridesmaids.

Bridesmaid Dresses by Ann Taylor

Bridesmaid Dresses by Ann Taylor

For the bride, I think a pretty lace gown like this one by Watters this is be beautiful. It’s very feminine and pretty without being over the top.

Watters Evanna Gown

Watters Evanna Gown

I’d probably add in a sparkly sash by Etsy Seller Abigail Grace Bridal, tied in a bow in the back as an accent.

Pretty sash by Abigail Grace Bridal on Etsy

Pretty sash by Abigail Grace Bridal on Etsy

I saw these shoes on Pinterest, and fell in love. They’d work perfectly with the color scheme. They almost look like something you could DIY by getting a pretty thick ribbon and securing it to the ankle strap of some light pink heels.

Coral Shoes on Pinterest

Coral Shoes on Pinterest

For the groomsmen, a classic black tux is always in style, but I think a nice khaki suit would work equally well. I love how this bride used the tie colors to incorporate her color scheme (Green & Coral) it provided a nice distinction between the Groom and Groomsmen. With the pink, gold, and coral color scheme you could ask the Groom to wear pink (instead of green), and have the groomsmen in coral.

Khaki Suits

Khaki Suits

For flowers, I think that Peonies are the perfect complement to this color scheme. They come in a variety of colors, and I’m a big fan of their sweet scent. When I think of peonies, I instantly think of a soft pink like this:

Pink Peony from Pinterest

Pink Peony from Pinterest

But they come in a variety of colors, including coral:

Coral Peonies as featured on the Knot

Coral Peonies as featured on the Knot

For the tablescapes I think doing something soft and romantic like this would be beautiful.

Floral by Phillips Flowers

Floral by Phillips Flowers

I like how the centerpiece is up high; it makes conversation with the entire table easier. I think it’s best to mix up the height of the centerpieces, incorporating some high and some low to give the room some additional depth. Although to stay consistent with my color scheme, I’d swap out the silver lined accessories for gold chargers and goblets, like the gold glasses this bride used.

Gold Table Accents

Gold Table Accents

I might stick with the mahogany Chivari chair in the picture above, but switching it out for a gold Chivari chair like below, could work as well.

Tablescape by Elizabeth Anne Designs

Tablescape by Elizabeth Anne Designs

I really like this watercolor table number, but I think the exposed canvas might be a bit to modern for the romantic vibe we’re creating.

Coral Watercolor Table Number from Pinterest

Coral Watercolor Table Number from Pinterest

I’d probably try to replicate and place in a pretty vintage inspired gold frame like these created by Etsy seller Shabby Me Chic

Gold Frame by Shabby Me Chic on Etsy

Gold Frame by Shabby Me Chic on Etsy

For the cake, I’d probably keep it simple and all white, perhaps with some interesting piping like the below cake by Tiffany Baking Comapny:

Cake by Tiffany's Baking Company

Cake by Tiffanys Baking Company

To top it off, I’d probably try to bring in drama in with the cake topper. I really like this rhinestoned letter.

Gold Cake Topper

Gold Cake Topper

Just a thought—it might be possible to carefully remove the stakes from the bottom- and try to repurpose the topper into a Christmas ornament!

Steph

Color Combos I love:

Part One: {Pink, Gold and Coral}

Part Two: {Black, White and Bling}

Part Three: {Beachy Blues}

Part Four

New Skincare Regimen

I came across this article from Mail Online on Friday afternoon and was immediately horrified. I’m admittedly not the best at taking off my makeup at night, after reading that article I just may be a changed woman. Over the last year, I have really noticed my skin changing, and it’s definitely not been for the better. I had been chalking it up to getting old, but my lazy skincare habits might have been contributing as well. After reading and seeing how negatively her skin was impacted by not removing her makeup I decided that I need to make washing my face a priority. It was the kick in the pants I needed to pull the trigger on a Clarisonic.

I ended up deciding that the Mia 2 was the best model for my needs. They do offer a few other models at differing price points- I chose the Mia2 primarily because I liked the timer feature (something the Mia doesn’t have) and I knew I wasn’t looking to use this on my body (a feature the Clarisonic PLUS offers.) Once you pick a model, you can also pick a specific brush head type- I ended up going with the Acne brush head because my research told me it was a bit gentler on the skin than the normal brush head. Plus, that package included a cleanser and I needed a new one, so it was a win-win. I figured I’ll this brush head a try for the first 3 months; I can always try a different brush head when it’s time to replace.

The Mia2 by Clarisonic

The Mia2 by Clarisonic

I tried the Clarisonic for the first time on Saturday- I really liked how it had a timer included so I knew when to move onto the next section. The minute really went by quickly. My face feels clean, and it’s probably just my imagination, but I feel like my pores are looking a little smaller too. One thing I wasn’t too crazy about is how long it had to charge before I could use it! I wanted to try it THE MINUTE I got home, and unfortunately I needed to wait 24 hours for it to charge- womp, womp!

I haven’t really worn much makeup this weekend (It’s been a super low key weekend.) So I’m excited to see how it works this week when I’m using my regular makeup routine. I’m only two days in using my newest skin care tool, so these are just my first impressions- I’ll definitely check back in with a review after a bit more time goes by.